OpenShift for Non-Profits, Open Source and Educational Institutions

You are changing the world and OpenShift wants to help

You are changing the world and OpenShift wants to help.

Combining OpenShift with other Open Source initiatives offers organizations like yours access to technologies and hosting that can help you find new volunteers, work more efficiently, and get supporters to take action.

With 100,000+ of Open Source projects to choose from, and tools for Online Course Management like Moodle, the possibilities are endless. Combined with OpenShift Online Hosting, we want OpenShift to be the fuel for force of good that your projects bring to the world. The uses of OpenShift are only limited by your imagination.

Open Source technology is proven and reliable.

It’s a great fit when you are looking to bring technology into schools or applying it at a non-profit organization. When technology budgets are available, often a large share of the money is spent on costly proprietary technology and software licenses. This doesn’t have to be. Using inexpensive or even free open source software, budgets could be spent to bring more computers to more students, and hiring and training a technical staff to teach them. Open source software is a solid, smart alternative. It works. But most of all, it brings technology to organizations that otherwise couldn’t afford it.

Free Hosting on OpenShift Online

OpenShift Online’s Free Hosting Plan provides access to enough server resources to get most students and new coders up and running (without the fuss of building their own LAMP stacks, or build workflows). This eliminates your students and volunteers from having to spend time configuring servers or programming language runtimes before getting started. Using a PaaS like OpenShift eliminates the need for ongoing server maintenance, and allows your projects to easily scale to meet the demands of your public. Using a PaaS, you can make your project the focus of your participants efforts, putting your application or web site’s development on the fast-track.

OpenShift Online’s Free Plan allows developers to create three application instances on our hosted cloud. It’s great for classroom settings, workshops, and hack-a-thons. And, it’s an excellent choice for most software development efforts, allowing you to get started faster, and to iterate more rapidly.

Sometimes you need more

Most Non-Profits, Open Source and Educational initiatives don’t have big budgets. If you are creating Apps for Education or in support of a Non-Profit project, or Open Source programming initiatives for which the code will be made available to the public. We want to help.

Sometimes you need more than 3 gears, especially if you are working on Research projects, hosting your own Open Source initiatives and getting beyond the basics. That’s why Red Hat recently stepped up and announced that OpenShift Online will now be accepting applications for additional resources.

If you are a Non-Profit, Open Source, or Educational Institution you can now request additional resources on OpenShift Online. The new OpenShift for Non-Profits, Open Source and Educational Institution program’s details can be found here along with the online application form. All requests are reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis using the information gathered via the application form.

Please be as detailed as possible about your project and the resources that you are requesting access to. You may want to review our pricing page before filling out this form to see what kind of resources we currently offer. It would also be useful to review our Developer Center to make sure that the technologies that you would like to use are available and/or supported on the OpenShift Online PaaS.

Some of the uses for which this grant program is intended:

  • Research projects for which the results will be made available to the public
  • Open Source programming initiatives for which the code will be made available to the public
  • Websites that host useful and publicly available information
  • Public service websites
  • Web applications which provide free registration and use
  • Open Data websites or applications

OpenShift Online resources for Non-Profit, Open Source, and Educational Institutions are reviewed and granted on a case-by-case basis using the information gathered via the form at the end of this article.

Please be as detailed as possible about your project and the resources that you are requesting access to. You may want to review our pricing page before filling out this form to see what kind of resources we currently offer. It would also be useful to review our Developer Center to make sure that the technologies that you would like to use are available and/or supported on the OpenShift Online PaaS.

Also, note that this grant program should generally be used for Open Source or Research Projects for which the results will be publicly available – not for requesting additional resources for student accounts or for classroom programming projects. Those should be able to run within the Free plan limits in most cases.

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